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Iraq’s Eclipsed Red Star?
By Frank Smyth, January 13, 2003, Guerrilla News Network

Not that long ago, when American progressives spoke about being in solidarity with the people of a foreign nation they were supporting leftist national liberation movements. Back in the 1980s, for instance, the Committee in Solidarity with the People…

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Hussein Opens His Prison Doors to Trouble
By Frank Smyth, October 25, 2002, Newsday

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein released thousands of political and other prisoners from jails across his country last Sunday, including from the notorious Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad. The broad amnesty was no doubt welcomed by many Iraqi families whose…

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Iraq’s Forgotten Majority
By Frank Smyth, October 3, 2002, The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Last month, President Bush invoked the prospect of a democratic Iraq in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, while Secretary of State Colin Powell told Congress that he foresaw “a government of Iraqis governing Iraqis in a democratic fashion.” Yet the administration remains closest to Sunni Arabs…

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The Chance to Cry
By Frank Smyth, May 1, 2002, United Nations

Not all my prison memories are bad. Nearly every reporter who has covered a blood-and-guts beat knows that trauma can also bring out the best in people.

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Saddam’s Real Opponents
By Frank Smyth, March 25, 2002, The American Prospect

Three years ago, the influential journal Foreign Affairs published an article on Iraq entitled “The Rollback Fantasy.” It was a typically long and sober piece, challenging the thinking of those who were arguing for a United States role in toppling Iraq’s ruler, Saddam Hussein. But unfortunately, the article contained…

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Al Gore and the Iraqi Democracy Question
By Frank Smyth, March 2, 2000, IntellectualCapital.com

How carefully did Vice President Al Gore choose his words last month when he became the first Clinton administration official to apply the “d-word” to Iraq? In a one-page, Feb. 8 letter to Iraqi exiles based in London, Gore became the first high-level U.S. official ever to publicly promise to promote “democracy in Iraq.” Nothing

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Overstretched?
By Frank Smyth, June 24, 1999, IntellectualCapital.com

Baghdad waited only three days last week before rejecting a British/Dutch proposal to finally lift economic sanctions against Iraq in exchange for new inspections into its ability to produce weapons of mass destruction.

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